Coxen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Coxen comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a son of a cook. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Norman French word cok, which means cook.

Early Origins of the Coxen family

The surname Coxen was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where they were originally from Settle. [1]

Early History of the Coxen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coxen research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1273, 1379, 1609, 1636, 1654, 1735, 1677, 1682, 1679, 1743 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Coxen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coxen Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Coxen has undergone many spelling variations, including Cookson, Cuckson, Cockson, Coxon and others.

Early Notables of the Coxen family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Cookson or Coxon ( fl. 1609-1636), one of the earliest English engravers, who left a large number of portraits engraved in a dry, but neatly finished manner. [2] Another Thomas Coxon (1654-1735), was an English Jesuit, a native of the county of Durham. [2] Captain John Coxon (fl. 1677-1682), was a...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coxen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Coxen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Coxen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Coxen, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [3]
  • Miss Anne Coxen, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [3]


The Coxen Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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